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Reasons Why

• Nearly eight in 10 Oregon families with the lowest incomes pay more than half their income for housing.

• Only one in four households with the lowest incomes in Oregon has access to existing affordable and available rental units.

• One in seven Oregonians and more than one in six children lived in poverty in 2009.

• A worker earning minimum wage in Oregon had to work more than ten hours a day, seven days a week just to afford a two bedroom apartment in Oregon.

• If the average household in a project-based Section 8 unit in Oregon had to pay the state median gross rent, they would only have $29 per month left for necessities such as food and healthcare.

• More than one in ten Oregonians were unemployed during 2010.

Source: 2011 Network for Oregon Affordable Housing



September 2013
HUD's Evidence Matters magazine's Summer edition focuses on preserving existing affordable housing, the need, current threats, and innovative solutions. It also highlights research tools that are helping communities to preserve affordable housing, and models for preservation.

August 2013
Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish writes an article for Street Roots detailing the success of the City's 11 x 13 Campaign to preserve existing affordable housing downtown. The Portland Housing Bureau also released a companion video profiling the residents of the buildings preserved through this initiative.

August 2013
"Affordable housing comes to East Portland", Portland Business Journal, August 2, 2013.  Read the article here or as a PDF.

December 2012
"Keeping elderly, needy renters in some of downtown's best old buildings," Editorial, The Oregonian, December 5, 2012. Read the article here or as a PDF.

Spring 2011
HUD's Evidence Matters magazine profiles the Network for Oregon Affordable Housing (NOAH), describing the importance of its efforts as a bank consortium to preserve and expand affordable rental housing.  The article (page 11) notes the real and potential loss of affordable rentals throughout Oregon, including properties with expiring federal contracts, and cites the to-date success of the Oregon Housing Acquisition Fund.  Click here for Evidence Matters Spring 2011

November 10, 2009
Oregon Housing Acquisition Fund has received a grant from the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) fund for $1,000,000. Read more about this award here.

June 10, 2009
National Housing Trust calls out Oregon as one of two states to be the first to receive Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) funds through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). Oregon has an innovative multifamily weatherization program. The program involves Oregon Housing and Community Services (OHCS), the Network for Oregon Affordable Housing (NOAH) and Enterprise Community Partners. Using the database of subsidized properties, Oregon has identified multifamily properties which may qualify for weatherization funds, streamlining outreach to owners.

March 17, 2009
National Housing Conference: NHC partnered with the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation to host a symposium entitled “Partners in Innovation: A Dialogue on Federal, State and Local Rental Preservation Solutions,” which brought together experts from across the nation to discuss the vital role that preserving affordable rental homes can play to help address the current housing crisis. Learn more about the event and see pictures of attendees and speakers (including the Oregon coalition).

March 09, 2009
Uniting Community Forces for Change
Read Article from the Oregonian

March 09, 2009
The Quiet Rescue
Read Article from the Oregonian

February 26, 2009
Oregon Housing Acquisition Fund Preserves Six Low Income Housing Properties — More than 350 Oregonians to remain in their homes
PDF News Release

February 26, 2009
Thousands of affordable rental homes to be preserved with MacArthur Foundation support — announcement by Governor Kulongoski
PDF News Release

Goodness Magazine Article
A Model of Humanity: The Housing Acqusition Fund Saves Homes
December 2008 Issue